HARTLAND
RE-USE PROGRAM: The Town of Hartland holds their Re-Use Program each month until Saturday, October 1st. The next dates the program will be open to the public will be on Friday, May 27th and Saturday, May 28th from 8 AM to 2 PM. This event is open to all area residents and will be located at the Hartland Town Office on 21 Academy Street. There will be clothes, household items, books, plus much more available. Items obtained from this program are not for re-sale. For more information contact Barbara at 938-3565 or Shirley at 938-2159.
PALMYRA
PUBLIC SUPPER: St. Martin’s Church will once again hold their Annual Memorial Day Weekend beans and franks public supper on Saturday, May 28th from 4:30 to 6 PM. The menu will include baked beans, franks, potato salad, coleslaw, rolls, butter, drinks and homemade pies. The cost per meal will be $8 and $4 for children under the age of 12. The church is handicapped accessible with ample parking and is located at 900 Main Street on Route 2.
RAFFLE AND BAKE SALE:
There will be a raffle and bake sale held in conjunction with Chef Joe’s Jam on Friday, May 27th from 6 to 9 PM. The event will be held at the Palmyra Community Center on Main Street. Proceeds from this sale will be used to benefit area children activities.
NEWPORT
OPEN CALL TO ALL NON-PROFITS TO PARTICIPATE IN FUNDRAISER: The Sebasticook Valley Chamber of Commerce (SVCC) is putting out the call for non-profits that are interested in a fundraising opportunity. SVCC’s Annual Auction Event, formerly know as Sparkle, is in planning mode and seeking 12 non-profits from or benefitting the local area to participate in the event, scheduled for Thursday, October 20th.
Over the last six years, more than $102,000 has been distributed to participating organizations. The evening includes, a silent auction, live auction, food, drinks and dancing. The chamber has changed the semi-formal event to a theme party. This year’s event is a country/western theme, Hoedown Showdown. The deadline for applications is Friday, May 27th. For more information contact the Chamber at 368-4698 or email info@ourchamber.org. Applications will be available at the Chamber office located at 1589 Main Street in Newport or visit the website online at www.ourchamber.org.
PLANT AND BAKE SALE:
The Sebasticook Garden Club Annual Plant and Bake Sale is taking place at the Newport Shop ‘n Save Plaza on Saturday, May 28th. The sale will begin at 9 AM and continue until sold out. There will be annuals, perennials, and houseplants available. This is a rain or shine event and all are invited to attend.
DEXTER
CONCERT: The Wayside Grange Theatre will be hosting The Old Blues Kats on Saturday, May 28th. Harpman DW Gill and guitarist Doug Wainoris will be performing delta, ragtime, Louisiana, zydeco, Cajun and Texas blues. The concert begins at 7 PM with doors opening at 6:30 PM. The cost per ticket will be $10. There will be a door prize and a 50/50 raffle, with desserts and coffee available. The theatre is located at 851 North Dexter Road on Route 23. For more information contact Joe Kennedy at 277-3733 or Dave Pearson at 924-5035.
MONSON
FINN DANCE: There will be a traditional Finn Dance on Saturday, May 28th from 7:30 to 10 PM. The evening will include schottisches, polkas, waltzes and foxtrots. Music will be led by Alexandra Conover Bennett on accordion. Cost of admission will be $8 per person, while children under 12 get in for free. The Finn Hall is located just one mile south of Monson town center on Route 15. For more information contact 997-3639.
ATHENS
HELP OUT RUN LYME WITH KASSIE AND ENTER THE BENEFIT 5K RACE: There will be an Out Run Lyme with Kassie 5K Race on Saturday, June 4th at 8 AM, with registration beginning at 7:30 AM. The race will start at the Farm to Farm course, at the foot of the hill after the Sites Farm in Athens. The cost for adults will be $10 and kids 14 and under, $5. Medals and prizes will be awarded to the top three male, female, kids, and walkers.
Can’t make the race, but want to be there in spirit? Be a “spirit” runner and send your donation to Lorraine Post at 34 Stickney Hill Road, Athens, ME 04912 and your name will be put on a paper runner displayed at the race. Raffle tickets for a quilt made by local quilters will be on sale for $2 per ticket or $5 for 3 tickets. A pick your prize raffle will also be drawn at the race. Pick between 2 club box seat tickets to the Red Sox vs the Twins on Thursday, July 21st, an authentic David Ortiz jersey, or a homesteading basket that includes Longaberger, gift cards, and much more on each raffle ticket. Contact Kate Cooley for tickets at 654-2123 or tickets will be on sale at the day of the race. Raffles will be drawn off after the race. All proceeds to benefit Kassie Dwyer to assist with medical expenses related to her diagnosis and treatments of chronic Lyme disease.
CONTRA DANCE:
An Athens Contra Dance will be held on Friday, May 27th from 6 to 10 PM. Potluck to start, so bring a favorite dish. Beginner lessons will begin at 7 PM with the dance starting at 7:30 PM. The cost will be $5 per person and $10 per family. Music will be performed by Twisted Strings with John McIntire calling. The dance will be held at the Athens Grange Hall off of Route 150. For more information contact Lynne Messer at 313-0557 or by email at messerlynne@gmail.com/.
ETNA
MEMORIAL DAY REMEMBRANCE: The Town of Etna will be holding a Memorial Day remembrance on Monday, May 30th at 10 AM. The ceremony will be located on the Etna/Dixmont Road at the cemetery. The public is encouraged to come and take part in this ceremony honoring area veterans.
GUILFORD

BICENTENNIAL PET FAIR: The Guilford Bicentennial Pet Fair will be held on Saturday, June 11th from 10 AM to 4 PM. Some of the participants that will be stopping by are Almost Home Rescue and Catahoula Dog, Ashes to Ashes, Blanket Works, Callidoodle Phodography, Dexter Veterinary Clinic (rabies and microchip clinic from 11 AM to 1 PM), Foxcroft Agway (really demo by Pam and music from 12:30 to 1:15 PM), Maine Highland Sled Dog Club (Demo from 10 to 11:30 AM), P.A.W.S. Cat Rescue, Ruff Cuts Groomers, The Maine Barkery, plus many more. Darling’s Ice Cream Truck will be stopping in from 1:30 to 3:30 PM. Keep in mind, all pets must be on a leash. The owners and staff members of Fresh Air Dogs sponsored this event. The fair will be held at the baseball field on Water Street in Guilford.

DOVER-FOXCROFT
COMMUNITY FUNDRAISER FOR THE BOONE/BOURGET FAMILIES: It’s a call no one ever wants to receive, but on Tuesday, May 10th, Tim and Lisa Boone and Alli and Abbi Bourget, Lisa’s daughters and juniors at Foxcroft Academy, were contacted and given devastating news - there was a terrible fire; their house and everything in it was gone. A community fundraiser will be held at the Foxcroft Academy gymnasium from 5 to 7 PM on Monday, May 23rd. A dinner-by-donation will be offered to those who attend, including pasta, meatballs and garlic bread. There will be a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, and live music playing throughout the evening. The food has been generously donated by Will’s Shop ‘n Save, and the chef for the evening is Seth Ostrosky of the Nor’Easter Restaurant and his team.
The Boone/Bourget family lost all of their belongings, two beloved pets, and a new car, just a few days old, purchased as a surprise for Alli and Abbi by their father, Al. Hanging in their closets were their beautiful prom dresses - and just a few days before prom. Thankfully, the Boone/Bourget family live in a community that rallies around residents in need, especially when tragedies occur. This tragedy is no different.
Donations have already started to pour in from family and friends, and some local business owners are rallying to help in any way they can. Foxcroft Academy has become a hub for donation drop-offs and has generously pledged financial contributions. Anyone with a desire to help this family is welcome to attend. Monetary donations can also be sent to MHFCU, c/o Michelle Patterson, PO BOX 697, Guilford, ME 04443 or dropped off to any Maine Highlands Federal Credit Union Branch, with checks made out to “Benefit of Tim and Lisa Boone”.
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COMMUNITY FUNDRAISER FOR THE BOONE/BOURGET FAMILIES: It’s a call no one ever wants to receive, but on Tuesday, May 10th, Tim and Lisa Boone and Alli and Abbi Bourget, Lisa’s daughters and juniors at Foxcroft Academy, were contacted and given devastating news - there was a terrible fire; their house and everything in it was gone. A community fundraiser will be held at the Foxcroft Academy gymnasium from 5 to 7 PM on Monday, May 23rd. A dinner-by-donation will be offered to those who attend, including pasta, meatballs and garlic bread. There will be a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, and live music playing throughout the evening. The food has been generously donated by Will’s Shop ‘n Save, and the chef for the evening is Seth Ostrosky of the Nor’Easter Restaurant and his team.
The Boone/Bourget family lost all of their belongings, two beloved pets, and a new car, just a few days old, purchased as a surprise for Alli and Abbi by their father, Al. Hanging in their closets were their beautiful prom dresses - and just a few days before prom. Thankfully, the Boone/Bourget family live in a community that rallies around residents in need, especially when tragedies occur. This tragedy is no different.
Donations have already started to pour in from family and friends, and some local business owners are rallying to help in any way they can. Foxcroft Academy has become a hub for donation drop-offs and has generously pledged financial contributions. Anyone with a desire to help this family is welcome to attend. Monetary donations can also be sent to MHFCU, c/o Michelle Patterson, PO BOX 697, Guilford, ME 04443 or dropped off to any Maine Highlands Federal Credit Union Branch, with checks made out to “Benefit of Tim and Lisa Boone”.
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CHICKEN PIE SUPPER: The Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church is holding a chicken pie supper on Saturday, May 21st. The meal will be served from 4:30 to 6:30 PM, and includes chicken pie, gravy, potatoes, vegetables, homemade rolls, dessert, coffee, and tea. It will cost $10 for adults, and $4 for children under 12. The church is located at 824 West Main Street.
STETSON
VETERAN AND MILITARY SUPPER: The 8th annual Veteran and Military supper will be held on Saturday, May 21st at 4:30 PM. It will take place at the the Meeting House on Village Road. Come honor heroes both past and present. The Italian themed meal is free to all veterans and members of the military. Donations will be accepted from others to help keep flags waving in town.
UNITY
3RD ANNUAL CELEBRATE UNITY FESTIVAL: The 3rd annual Celebrate Unity Festival, hosted by the Town of Unity, is looking for vendors from the Unity area. The festival will take place on Saturday, July 30th from 9 AM to 1 PM at the Field of Dreams. Sell food and/or local produce, make art, have a craft, or present a local business or organization. Reserve your space for free. Contact programs@unitybarnraisers.org or 948-9005 for more information or to reserve your spot.
PALMYRA

RSEBASTICOOK VALLEY ADULT CO-ED SOFTBALL LEAGUE MEETING: The Sebasticook Valley Adult Co-Ed Softball League at Manson Park in Pittsfield will hold their league meeting on Sunday, May 22nd at 1 PM. The meeting will take place at at the “M” Room on Oxbow Road in Palmyra. The team has an opening. For more information, call Tonya at 341-1351 or Bill at 671-8891.